HHS Secretary Sebelius Pushes for ACA Deadline

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The nation’s top director of health services is in Dayton reminding everyone without health insurance the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act is approaching.

As we told you last week, March 31st is the last day to sign up for the ACA without a penalty. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, held a news conference Monday morning at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library system on E. Third St. Sebelius introduced Mohamed Al-Hamdani, a recent graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law. The 32 year old explained how he signed up for the ACA in October, four months before he needed to be hospitalized. As the only employee of a small non profit organization, he was given only a small stipend to spend on healthcare but was able to get good coverage without spending a lot of money.

Cheryl Wood was in the library at the same time. The Daytonian said she has been unemployed for quite some time and felt she could not get any health coverage because she has no money for a deductible or premium. Sebelius explained that once an unemployed person applies for the ACA, tax credits or Medicaid could be applicable.

When I asked Secretary Sebelius about House Speaker John Boehner saying he is still receiving letters and emails from families who say they are losing money under the ACA because their healthcare cost has spiked. Included in that charge is small businesses. She replied if a small business owner has fewer than 50 employees, the law does not apply and you have no responsibility. A small business with fifty or more full time workers, can qualify the employer with tax credits up to fifty percent of the coverage offered.

You can sign up tomorrow at Wright State from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday, at the Northmont Branch of the Metro Library, 333 W. National Rd., Englewood, 45322
from 1:30 – 3 and your community health clinics.
You will need your Social Security number, proof of income, identity and citizenship and your email address.

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